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■ Professor Song's research is featured in an article titled "When Do Girls Rule the Womb?" in the Big Idea section of Discover Magazine (November 2013 issue).

■ Professor Song's research on famine and reproductive health was funded by PSC-CUNY Research Award Program.

■ Both Science and Nature covered news stories about Professor Song's most recent research article on famine and sex ratio at birth (published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. )




Shige Song (Ph.D., Sociology, UCLA)


Shige Song is Assistant Professor of Sociology at  Queens College of The City University of New York, Assistant  Professor of CUNY Graduate Center’s Certificate Program in Demography, and Faculty Associate of CUNY Institute of Demographic Research (CIDR).


Dr. Song's research focuses on the integration of the social and biomedical approaches to health disparities. He has studied the effect of social conditions and cultural preferences on infant mortality and physical growth of children and the long-term “fetal origins” effect of prenatal exposure to acute malnutrition on mortality, reproductive health, and mental health outcomes. He is currently assessing the relative importance of the social vs. biological factors in shaping human health and longevity via natural experiment-based causal mediation analysis. In addition, Dr. Song has a strong interest in the evolutionary explanations of human health and demographic behaviors and is exploring novel methodologies such as agent-based computational model to disentangle the complex underlying generative processes.


Photographed by Xiaolu Chu        




■ Forthcoming  Song, Shige. "Malnutrition, Sex Ratio, and Selection: A Study Based on the Great Leap Forward Famine." Human Nature (PDF)


■ 2014  Song, Shige. "Evidence of Adaptive Intergenerational Sex Ratio Adjustment in Contemporary Human Populations." Theoretical Population Biology 92:14-21. (PDF)


2013  Song, Shige. “Identifying the Intergenerational Effects of the 1959-1961 Chinese Great Leap Forward Famine on Infant Mortality.” Economics and Human Biology 11(4):474-487. (PDF) (Online supporting materials)


2013  Song, Shige. “Assessing the Impact of In Utero Exposure to Famine on Fecundity: Evidence from the 1959–61 Famine in China. Population Studies 67(3):293-308. (PDF)


■ 2013  Song, Shige "Prenatal Malnutrition and Subsequent Foetal Loss Risk: Evidence from the 1959-1961 Chinese Famine. Demographic Research 29:707-728. (PDF)


2012  Song, Shige. "Does Famine Influence Sex Ratio at Birth? Evidence from the 1959-1961 Great Leap Forward Famine in China." Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279(1739):2883-2890. (PDF)








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